The Correlation And Sustainability Of Cross Sex Friendships

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In this reflection, it will be argued that although cross-sex friendships are infinitely possible, it is only under certain conditions that they are probable in late modernity. This will be identified through discussion of Blatterer (2015a: 2015b: 2014) and supported using evidence from current journal articles. Blatterer (2014) identifies friendships as the freest of interactions, but states that they are also not free as they take place within the gendered order of society. That is to say, that the notion of friendship is infinitely possible between any individuals, but that it is not always probable, or for that matter sustainable. This reflection will focus – particularly – on the probability and sustainability of cross-sex friendships (hereafter CSF) in late modern societies. What is Cross-Sex Friendship anyway? Blatterer (2014) defines CSF as a non-romantic, non-familial and non-sexual relationship between two individuals of the opposite sex; this is supported by Bleske-Rechek (2012: 570), Miller, Dense, Diaz and Ranjit (2014: 310), and Schoonover and McEwan (2014: 388). That is not to say that CSF is to the exclusion of sexual or romantic interactions, but rather that these are not the platonic norm (Blatterer 2014: Bleske-Rechek 579, 589). Within this framework, Blatterer elects to –exclusively - discuss heterosexual CSF, as it can be understood very differently when one, or both individuals identify as other than heterosexual. From such a heterosexual
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